Pret a Manger appears to have spilled Google’s beans. Pictures of Android Pay-flaunting payment terminals at a London outlet of the fast-food chain have emerged, suggesting that Google’s contactless payment service is right on the cusp of a UK launch.
According to reports, the ‘We now accept Android Pay’ tags arrived overnight and will go on display right away. Google was vague about a launch date when it announced it was bringing the service to the UK back in March, simply saying that it would arrive “within months”.
After loading their credit or debit card details on their NFC-equipped Android (KitKat or above) smartphone, users can pay for goods and journeys on London’s transport network with a tap against a contactless payment terminal.
Apple Pay has been available here for close to a year now, and Barclays yesterday announced its own contactless mobile payment system, Contactless Mobile, which will launch next month. [Telegraph]